HUDSON -- After several rounds of discussion on traffic and density concerns, the Hudson Common Council quickly approved the rezoning for a development on the corner of Vine Street and Carmichael Road that includes a three-story apartment building at its meeting on Aug. 5.
The proposal, first brought up for rezoning in June, faced criticism from residents about the height of the apartment building, which changed a few times in discussion, the density such a building would bring to the area, and the traffic it would add to two of Hudson’s busier thoroughfares.
Community Development Director Mike Johnson said the city has approved a parallel path of examining traffic on Vine Street and Carmichael Road as the development moves forward. This was the first of many approvals the development will need before work begins.
A timeline lays out the parallel process including traffic counts, concept design and more over the next year.
The city approved letters of engagement with Short Elliott Hendrickson engineering firm on a Vine Street safety plan and Carmichael Road concept.
Council member Jim Webber, who voiced several concerns during the discussions, made the motion to approve. He said it became apparent that though the area could not support the development now, the city will have things in place by the time the development is producing traffic.
The proposed plan has settled on building 45 feet high. It does not include commercial space on the first floor, as first proposed.